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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

International and Regional Jurisprudence

By: Ben Saul
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Published: 30-06-2016
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Extent: 248
ISBN: 9781782252283
Imprint: Hart Publishing
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About Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights explores how general human rights standards have enabled, empowered and constrained indigenous peoples in claiming and defending their essential economic, social, cultural, civil and political interests. The book examines the jurisprudence of United Nations treaty committees and regional human rights bodies (in Africa, the Americas and Europe) that have interpreted and applied human rights standards to the special circumstances and experiences of indigenous peoples. It focuses particularly on how human rights laws since the 1960s have been drawn upon by indigenous activists and victims to protect their interests in ancestral lands, natural resources, culture and language. It further explores the right to indigenous self-determination; civil and political rights; economic, social and cultural rights (including labour rights); family and children's rights; violence and discrimination against indigenous peoples; and access to justice and remedies for violations. The book also discusses international and regional efforts to define who is 'indigenous' and who is a 'minority', and the legal relationship between indigenous individuals and their communities. The jurisprudence considered in this book significantly shaped the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 2007, which particularises and adapts general human rights standards for indigenous peoples. The book concludes by exploring future normative and implementation challenges in the light of the standard setting and consolidation, and political momentum, surrounding the UN Declaration and associated UN human rights mechanisms.

Table Of Contents

Introduction: Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights: Institutions and Influences
UN Treaty Committee Jurisprudence
Regional Jurisprudence
Background Influences on International and Regional Jurisprudence
1. Identifying 'Indigenous' Peoples in International Law
International Labour Organization Approaches
United Nations Approaches
Regional Approaches
Conclusion
2. The United Nations Human Rights Committee and Indigenous Peoples Right to Self-Determination (ICCPR, Article 1)
Right to Take Part in Cultural Life (ICCPR, Article 27)
Other Civil and Political Rights
Conclusion
3. Other UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies and Indigenous Peoples
UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women
UN Committee on the Rights of the Child
UN Committee Against Torture
Conclusion
4. Regional Human Rights Systems: Indigenous Property Rights in Land and Natural Resources
Indigenous Rights in Property: Land and Natural Resources
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
Inter-American Court of Human Rights
African System: African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights
Conclusion
5. Regional Human Rights Systems: Indigenous Cultural, Socio-economic and Physical Integrity Rights
Cultural Rights in Regional Jurisprudence
Socio-economic Rights
Violence and Excessive Law Enforcement Against Indigenous Peoples
Indigenous Peoples in the European Human Rights Systems
Conclusion
Conclusion: Future Normative and Implementation Challenges

Reviews

“Saul's book provides a valuable insight into the international and regional human rights jurisprudence on Indigenous peoples. It is written in a clear and accessible style and is comprehensive in its coverage. Saul's international law expertise is evident. This would be an ideal book to prescribe for any law subject that looks at the human rights of Indigenous peoples, and for those interested in how the UN and various regional human rights institutions have operated in practice. It is … the only [book] which focuses specifically on the jurisprudence, and in that regard it is a valuable addition to any library, personal or otherwise.” –  Alternative Law Journal (2006)

“An impressive and seminal work of outstanding scholarship, Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights: International and Regional Jurisprudence is unreservedly recommended for academic library Indigenous Studies collection in general, and Human Rights Law, International Law, and Comparative Law supplemental studies reading lists in particular.” –  Paul T. Vogel, Midwest Book Review

“Ben Saul's Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights is a worthy piece of scholarly craftsmanship...Saul's contribution with this work is certainly significant and welcome.” –  Dwight Newman, The Canadian Yearbook of International Law

“Scholars interested in UNDRIP and complications surrounding legal definitions of Indigeneity and setting standards for Indigenous rights would benefit greatly from a close read of Saul's case studies. Through cases from both international and regional levels, Saul demonstrates that human rights law provides one avenue through which Indigenous peoples may seek justice.” –  Elspeth Iralu, Native American and Indigenous Studies

“[T]horoughly meticulously researched, and substantiated. Saul ... has examined a wide number of cases at the international level, as well as within the Inter-American and African human rights system. This examination of international and regional human rights jurisprudence is the strongest and most useful aspect of his book.” –  Dalee Sambo Dorough, International Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, The Canadian Journal of Native Studies

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